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Fasting and Praying 2016

2016FandP2As has been shared a few times over the last few weeks, we will be fasting as a congregation beginning on Thursday, January 21st after dinner and concluding with lunch on Sunday, January 24th.

This fast is part of our theme for the year – “Just Jesus”. We read in Matthew 4 that when Jesus began His ministry He started it with a 40-day fast. Jesus wanted to be completely focused on God’s will and free from His own. He used this time to pray and focus on God and what He would be doing for God in His ministry. As we begin our year we want to call upon God to cleanse us, purify our hearts, focus us and empower us so that we can become exactly who He has designed us to be as well as accomplish all that He has in store for us. We are very excited to go on this spiritual journey together and can’t wait to see what God will do as we cry out to Him. Below are some ideas of what you can pray for as we fast together as well as passages to read about fasting.

Scriptures

• Isaiah 58
• Matthew 4:1-11
• Matthew 6:17-18
• Mark 2:18-20
• Mark 9:28-29

Prayer Ideas

• Pray for those with health issues within the church
• Pray for our youth to become strong disciples
• Pray for our marriages and families to be a light to all of Orange County
• Pray for everyone within your small group
• Pray for God to bless our 2020 Vision (planting churches in San Clemente & Newport Beach
• Pray for the elders and their families and the staff and their families
• Pray for all of our Family Group Leaders and their families
• Pray for the Reach Conference in St. Louis to be a huge success

Regional Goals

• Pray to see over 100 people become disciples in 2016
• Pray for the opening of our Saturday Academy for under-privileged youth
• Pray for us to exceed our Special Missions Offering for Mexico and Central America

Pray for our sister churches in:

• Fresno
• Tucson
• 39 churches in Mexico and Central America
• 5 churches in Korea (Seoul, Ilsan, Bundang, Daegu, Busan)
• Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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